Open-Rank Curator and Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology

Open-Rank Curator and Professor in Sociocultural Anthropology

American Museum of Natural History
The Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) seeks an Assistant,  Associate, or Full Curator in Anthropology, to start on or after July 1, 2023.
We seek a sociocultural anthropologist with an innovative research program addressing critical social issues, such as health, disease, climate change and/or biodiversity loss, inequality, migration, and intergroup conflict or cooperation. In addition to scientific excellence, the successful candidate must demonstrate a track-record of community partnerships and engagement. A thriving fieldwork program is strongly encouraged and is open to any geographic region. The ideal candidate will have a research profile that amplifies our existing strengths and has the potential to develop new collaborations across the Museum’s biological and physical sciences; we particularly welcome rigorous research approaches, including mixed- methods ethnography and other quantitative methods.
This is a tenure track position with rank and tenure negotiable depending on the candidate’s degree of professional experience and accomplishment. AMNH curators are expected to maintain a high level of productivity in original research, to seek extramural funding, and to assume oversight responsibility for management of Museum collections and staff relevant to their areas of expertise. The AMNH maintains world-class Anthropological collections consisting of over 250,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands. Other responsibilities may include advising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, offering courses in the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, serving on committees, and participating in Museum-sponsored exhibitions and educational programs.
The AMNH has a vibrant scientific community and outstanding opportunities for public-facing engagement with a large and diverse public. We are committed to advancing and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and visitor experience through defined institutional strategies and goals. Resources available at AMNH include dedicated staff to support repatriation and compliance through our Cultural Resources Office; professional conservators with expertise in organic and ethnographic materials; a research library with rare holdings; our Institute of Comparative Genomics with laboratories equipped for molecular and microbial research; an ancient DNA and proteomics lab; the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation; computational systems; and a wide range of optical, electron beam, and x-ray analytical tools, including CT scanning. The AMNH maintains active internal grant programs to support field research. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to build on existing relationships with nearby collaborating institutions including Columbia University, City University of New York, and others.
The expected salary range for the Open-Rank Curator and Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology is $120,000 – 165,000.  Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.
Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in Anthropology or a related field.
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law. Additional protections are afforded in employment based on arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, unemployment status, and credit history, in each case to the extent provided by law. If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call the Office of Human Resources.
Special Instructions to Applicants 

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page) 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement, including past achievement and future plans (max. 3 pages) 
  • Curatorial service statement, describing your visions for museum service contributions to collections, exhibitions, teaching, and public programs (max. 2 pages).
  • DEI statement, describing your commitment and contributions to increasing diversity, equity, & inclusion in teaching, research, and/or museum settings (max. 1 page)
  • Names and contact information for three letters of reference 
  • PDFs of 3-5 publications that best represent the candidate’s work

Application materials should be submitted as a single PDF under “Other Document” with the exception of publications, which can be submitted under “Publications”
Inquiries about the position should be directed to Ashley Hammond ( Consideration of applications will begin December 7, 2022, but applications will continue to be accepted after this date. Applications should be submitted through the AMNH career portal:

Required Documents
1. Other Document
2. Publications